Are you planning a trip to Las Vegas with kids? We have the best list of Things To Do In Las Vegas With Kids! Whether you are planning a full-on family vacation or just a quick weekend getaway we can help you out with our Guide to Las Vegas with Children! And don’t worry, lots of people bring their children here.
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Lots of Things To Do In Las Vegas With Kids
Not only have I vacationed extensively in Las Vegas with my children, but we actually lived there for years while stationed at Nellis Air Force base. Our guide to Las Vegas with children will help you determine where to stay, where to eat, what to see and do while you are in Vegas.
Where to Eat in Las Vegas with kids:
One of the biggest things you need to figure out about things to do in Las Vegas is where to take the kids to eat. Trust me, Las Vegas has more amazing opportunities for kid-friendly food than most cities. On top of that, there are amazing places that combine entertainment with yummy food!
Best Breakfast in Las Vegas Hash House a go go Kids will love the over top massive creations here. Kid’s can easily split plates to save money.
2nd Best Breakfast in Las Vegas This colorful restaurant will capture your child’s imagination.
Speaking of colorful here’s a list of 17 places with super colorful food that will enthrall children. Here’s a picture of one of the places.
Brazilian Steakhouse in Vegas that is totally kid friendly! Pretty much anything over at Planet Hollywood’s Miracle Mile Shops is going to be kid-friendly. This is also where you will find a pet show to watch. Kid’s love watching animals do tricks.
Hofbauhaus the top kid-friendly German food in Las Vegas and all around good time. It’s super loud so you do not have to worry about “inside voices”. Your kids will get a kick out eating here and there always seems to be live music.
The Best Happy Hour and the best tapas Las Vegas is Firefly and it’s kid friendly
Best Mexican food in Las Vegas Pink Taco ← You must eat here at least once and yes, you can take the kids! It’s probably debatable if this is the “best” but it’s the atmosphere and the food.
Best kid-friendly Thai food in Las Vegas is Lotus of Siam – Seriously good, like award winning good.
Serendipity – Massive ice cream creations! My son had a banana split bigger than his head and that was the half portion. Sadly they have closed.
Kid Friendly Things to see and do in Vegas:
It’s time to start sharing some other awesome things to do in Las Vegas with kids. You won’t just be going out to eat, and obviously they won’t be hitting the slot machines. So, what to do? This list is an amazing place to begin planning daily activities!
10 Kid Friendly Activities in Las Vegas – including water parks.
High Roller Sky Wheel – The tallest observation wheel in the world, peaking at 550 feet, the High Roller offers views of the Strip and the surrounding desert valley.
Tivoli Playground – An outdoor shopping center with a covered playground for kids. Plus, there is a splash pad and a sandbox.
Shark Reef – Mandalay Bay has an awesome aquarium with all kinds of fish and sharks. It even has touch pools.
Springs Preserve – Surprisingly awesome while still being educational. This is a learning center full of hands on activities and exhibits for kids. They have two playgrounds, a restaurant, multiple gardens, and extensive hiking trails.
Sugar Factory – Kids will love all the free samples inside the candy store attached to the restaurant.
Valley of Fire – Cool day trip, if you have time.
Scavenger Hunt for Kids in Las Vegas – free printable!
The Ultimate Vegas Weekend for Kids (And parents) – A step by step itinerary to plan a three day weekend in Vegas.
Hiking at Mt. Charleston – Located just north of Las Vegas up highway 95 is Mt. Charleston. Depending on the season you can take the family hiking or sledding. When we go it will be hot, but as you hike up it gets cooler. We have done several hikes there and so far the kids have been able to do them all! If there is still snow on the ground when you go I recommend heading towards Kyle Canyon campground. Often there is enough snow at this campground to do some sledding. If not, just keep heading down the road until there is enough snow!
Hike Calico Basin, it’s free.
Lied Discovery Children’s Museum – My kids always enjoy this place, especially the bubble and water areas. The museum has tons of hands on activities, live presentations and a huge area for kids 5 and under.
Ice Skating – Fiesta Rancho casino has an ice skating rink and I always have fun ice skating even though my kids break my back through the entire experience. The nice thing about this rink is they have the children’s bars to help them skate on their own. This saves your back a lot of pain! Here’s a coupon for ice skating for two for $14.
Bowling – There are many bowling alleys in Las Vegas. I would guess that one out of five casinos has one. One we enjoy is at the Santa Fe Station Casino off of highway 95. It is separate from the casino and not smoky; unlike most of the bowling alleys here we’ve been too.
Atomic Testing Museum – My older boy, who is 10, thinks this museum is amazing. It is highly educational. He walked away with a deep understanding of the atomic program and WWII. It’s not so great for the other two kids, especially my four year old. I would recommend it for ages eight and up.
Kid Friendly Hotels in Vegas
Of course, you have to have a nice place to stay regardless of what is on the list of things to do in Las Vegas. Hotels are a must, and you really want to make sure that it is kid-friendly for your children. This list is a great place to begin.
Aliante Station (North Las Vegas) If you are working up towards Nellis Air Force Base and bring the family this is an excellent option.
Cosmopolitan my personal favorite.
Golden Nugget – Cheap, offers great deals on a regular basis.
The Luxor – Last resort on this list.
Trump – smoke free, which with kids is a massive perk
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Safety Things to Think About
Las Vegas is a true tourist town. As such, there are very few places that tourists will need to completely avoid. There are, however, a few places that you should stay away from in this booming town, especially since the economy has gotten worse. (It’s recovered some!) Here are some of the places that are not as nice as the rest of the city.
Of course the Las Vegas strip is where many people come to visit, and although most of the strip is safe, it is probably best not to walk between Circus Circus and the Stratosphere hotel. If you are going to visit these places, make sure that you drive between the two. Any of the hotels have good security once you are inside the hotel, it’s just the outside that may present an issue.
On the south side of the strip, there are fewer and fewer places that you need to avoid, but if you can, try to avoid crossing the street between Planet Hollywood and the Harley-Davidson Cafe. The intersection here can be crossed, but far too many pedestrians cross when they shouldn’t, causing traffic issues in an already congested city. Try crossing the bridge from Planet Hollywood to the Cosmopolitan. From here you can get all the way to Mandalay Bay without ever having to cross at street level, making it safer for pedestrians and drivers alike. If you want to see the other side of the street, there is a crossing bridge between New York New York and MGM Grand where you can safely cross and go up the street.
Fremont Street is a place that you will want to enter at your own risk, and certainly avoid the nearby areas. Fremont Street itself is not that bad, but the parking and areas surrounding this place can be very dangerous. Of course, if you would like to brave this area, some of the cheapest food and gambling is available here. You can even pick up a fried Twinkie. I recommend parking at the Golden Nugget if at all possible. This is where we always park.
Other than that, you will want to avoid the east end of town. As you go west, the neighborhoods get better and better, but as you go east, they start to deteriorate fast. The best advice for visiting Las Vegas is to stick to those places that are advertised as being for tourists. Make sure that security is highly visible no matter where you go. Take all safety precautions, and you will be safe.